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The Wye in July – Mid Summer Canoe Trip

Mid July, perfect weather and a 4 day run down the Wye, wild camping along the route. What a great trip that was, here’s how it went!

 

Kevin doing the J

Kevin doing the J

 

First beach for tea 15 mins after put-in at 'Hole in the wall'

First beach for tea 15 mins after put-in at 'Hole in the wall'

View from the first island 15 mins after put-in

View from the first island 15 mins after put-in

Another view of first island

Another view of first island

First island - the river was teaming with salmon at this point and was only a few feet deep.

First island - the river was teaming with salmon at this point and was only a few feet deep.

Kevin attempting to look serious.

Kevin attempting to look serious.

A group head out, rushing on past us while we stop for tea.

A group head out, rushing on past us while we stop for tea.

First island - It really wasn't deep at this point!

First island - It really wasn't deep at this point!

Back on the water

Back on the water

The water was clear and shallow (and very warm!)

The water was clear and shallow (and very warm!)

About 20 mins from the put-in

About 20 mins from the put-in

Nice place to live!

Nice place to live!

Calm and slow (and a little deeper here)

Calm and slow (and a little deeper here)

Not sure what town, maybe Ross-on-Wye ?

Not sure what town, maybe Ross-on-Wye ?

A nice 'artistic' shot.

A nice 'artistic' shot.

 

Kevin trying to catch salmon with his toes.

Kevin trying to catch salmon with his toes.

Perfect weather - clear blue skies

Perfect weather - clear blue skies

The new wet bag didn't get much testing.

The new wet bag didn't get much testing.

No caption needed here.

No caption needed here.

Power pylons are very ugly in comparison to the surroundings.

Power pylons are very ugly in comparison to the surroundings.

Just about to head off after another break

Just about to head off after another break

A few locals

A few locals

 

More locals

More locals

Another 'song of the paddle' shot

Another 'song of the paddle' shot

Perfect weather - perfect place

Perfect weather - perfect place

Another break

Another break

Someone's left the remains of their fire

Someone's left the remains of their fire

A bit of shade was appreciated!

A bit of shade was appreciated!

Logs of river grass - great colour but it slowed the canoe!

Logs of river grass - great colour but it slowed the canoe!

And again.  The water was only a few feet deep here.

And again. The water was only a few feet deep here.

Look at that J stroke - like a canadian ;)

Look at that J stroke - like a canadian ;)

Artistic shot alert

Artistic shot alert

Great scenery

Great scenery

The river was like a mirror here.

The river was like a mirror here.

 

 

Whats paddling?

Whats paddling?

Taking it easy.

Taking it easy.

Stunning place and weather

Stunning place and weather

A beatiful means of transport!

A beatiful means of transport!

'Bushman Kev' looking the part

'Bushman Kev' looking the part

Another stop on the shady side of the river

Another stop on the shady side of the river

 

Sun soaked!

Sun soaked!

'Bushman Kev' makes like a salmon

'Bushman Kev' makes like a salmon

The water was warm really - 'The Man From Atlantis' moves were just for effect.

The water was warm really - 'The Man From Atlantis' moves were just for effect.

Whats the large dark shape with fins swimming just out of view

Whats the large dark shape with fins swimming just out of view

Different locals

Different locals

'Bushman Kevin' back in the water

'Bushman Kevin' back in the water

Well thinking about it...

Well thinking about it...

And then there was no turning back

And then there was no turning back

Tranquility

Tranquility

Who needs a PFD?

Who needs a PFD?

More tranquility

More tranquility

The cliffs just around the corner of our campsite

The cliffs just around the corner of our campsite

 

Its Hot!

Its Hot!

This was the view point from the meadow just above our campsite beach.  Blissfully tranquil.

This was the view point from the meadow just above our campsite beach. Blissfully tranquil.

And the meadow looking the other way

And the meadow looking the other way

Meadow just before dusk.  There were a lot of wild deer tracks here.

Meadow just before dusk. There were a lot of wild deer tracks here.

Just before dusk on the meadow

Just before dusk on the meadow

The cliffs opposite our campsite.  There was a peregrin falcon nested here and loads of owls at night!

The cliffs opposite our campsite. There was a peregrin falcon nested here and loads of owls at night!

The cliffs opposite our campsite

The cliffs opposite our campsite

The campsite - blurry due to shaky hand Dayne and a fire thanks to 'Bushman Kev' (2 for 2)

The campsite - blurry due to shaky hand Dayne and a fire thanks to 'Bushman Kev' (2 for 2)

'Bushman Kevin' slept in a scorpion proof (apparently) bed roll.

'Bushman Kevin' slept in a scorpion proof (apparently) bed roll.

The tarp looks good at this point (2nd attempt) and was made of a canoe paddle and waterproof tarp and rope and some 'stability stones'.

The tarp looks good at this point (2nd attempt) and was made of a canoe paddle and waterproof tarp and rope and some 'stability stones'.

'Canadian Dayne' tracks out for more firewood (more practice more like!)

'Canadian Dayne' tracks out for more firewood (more practice more like!)

A vegetarian Ray Mears in the making (great fire due to 'Bushman Kev')

A vegetarian Ray Mears in the making (great fire due to 'Bushman Kev')

Paddle upstream for more firewood

Paddle upstream for more firewood

A perfect campsite - it felt perfect until 'Bushman Kev's' better half rang to say a thunderstorm was on route..

A perfect campsite - it felt perfect until 'Bushman Kev's' better half rang to say a thunderstorm was on route..

'Canadian Dayne' playing in the water

'Canadian Dayne' playing in the water

The campsite from downstream - sure it looked bigger than that when we landed!

The campsite from downstream - sure it looked bigger than that when we landed!

Campsite from downstream

Campsite from downstream

Early morning mist.  5.30 am on Monday morning from the campsite.  'Bushman Kevin' was still snoring having sat up star watching all night.

Early morning mist. 5.30 am on Monday morning from the campsite. 'Bushman Kevin' was still snoring having sat up star watching all night.

Morning Mist at 5.30am and Dayne's camp

Morning Mist at 5.30am and Dayne's camp

Morning mist at 5.30am and Daynes tarp

Morning mist at 5.30am and Daynes tarp

'Bushman Kevin' wearing a mexican poncho goes firewood hunting sometime after 6am.

'Bushman Kevin' wearing a mexican poncho goes firewood hunting sometime after 6am.

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee or Tea?

Returning with firewood, Dayne's tarp drying on the beach.  Around 6 am

Returning with firewood, Dayne's tarp drying on the beach. Around 6 am

Leaving the campsite around 10am - a true example of 'no trace camping' :P

Leaving the campsite around 10am - a true example of 'no trace camping' :P

Day 2 was promising to be even hotter than day 1

Day 2 was promising to be even hotter than day 1

Locals again

Locals again

Day 2 and no real hurry

Day 2 and no real hurry

Another bridge (sure it has a name but I didn't know it and nor did I really care)

Another bridge (sure it has a name but I didn't know it and nor did I really care)

The day was really heating up to about 30 degrees or more

The day was really heating up to about 30 degrees or more

A rapid!

A rapid!

Just after the rapids

Just after the rapids

 

Artistic 'song of the paddle' shot again

Artistic 'song of the paddle' shot again

I would have worn a PFD but I chose to sit on it instead :P  I did wear my hat at all times though.

I would have worn a PFD but I chose to sit on it instead :P I did wear my hat at all times though.

Ahhh the unmistakable sign of civilisation... signs :)

Ahhh the unmistakable sign of civilisation... signs :)

Lets run rapid number 2... 'Canadian Dayne' executes a power stroke

Lets run rapid number 2... 'Canadian Dayne' executes a power stroke

Followed by a perfect Draw stroke to keep us out of the trees.  Apparently 'Bushman Kevin' was too busy taking pictures to help with the steering on this one!

Followed by a perfect Draw stroke to keep us out of the trees. Apparently 'Bushman Kevin' was too busy taking pictures to help with the steering on this one!

We managed to make our way here without a map or GPS!

We managed to make our way here without a map or GPS!

A shady spot

A shady spot

The smudge on the waterproof camera case hides the calm, collected thoughtful look on 'Bushman Kevins' face.

The smudge on the waterproof camera case hides the calm, collected thoughtful look on 'Bushman Kevins' face.

Ahh there it is (post smudge cleaning)

Ahh there it is (post smudge cleaning)

And again.  It could have been sunstroke (it was over 30 degrees I think)

And again. It could have been sunstroke (it was over 30 degrees I think)

Tea in the canoe - only 'Bushman Kev' and 'Canadian Dayne' could execute something like this!

Tea in the canoe - only 'Bushman Kev' and 'Canadian Dayne' could execute something like this!

It was lovely and shady here, just don't rock the boat!

It was lovely and shady here, just don't rock the boat!

Tranquility - Nature gets it just right everytime.

Tranquility - Nature gets it just right everytime.

Heading off from the shady spot

Heading off from the shady spot

We did not find a tesco's on route thats a rubbish bag!

We did not find a tesco's on route thats a rubbish bag!

A backwards 'song of the paddle' shot

A backwards 'song of the paddle' shot

 

Load up at the end.

Load up at the end.

10 minutes after heading home!  Thank-you for waiting God ;)

10 minutes after heading home! Thank-you for waiting God ;)